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Brinkman Australia increase sales team

February 12, 2016
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Brinkman Australia have announced that David Francis has joined the business. David formerly owned and managed Duralite Horticultural Supplies and has extensive knowledge of fertiliser and growing media. He has over 32 years experience in the horticultural industry, and with a Degree in Horticulture he is able to assist growers with technical advice. He is also a past President of the Hydroponic Society of Victoria and a past Committee Member of the Hydroponic Farmers Federation.

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‘Smart Farming’ comes to regional NSW

February 11, 2016
Nectar farm

Australian start-up Nectar Farms is planning to create the largest hi‐tech glasshouse operation in Australia – and has announced its second proposed site at Oberon in regional NSW. Read More »

Spate of falls incidents prompts SafeWork warning

February 11, 2016
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SafeWork NSW is urging businesses and workers across the State to take extreme care after two workers were killed and eight others seriously injured in falls from heights since the beginning of the year. Read More »

Consumers urged to keep eating Aussie veg

February 10, 2016
AUSVEG

Vegetable grower body AUSVEG is urging Australian consumers to continue buying the fresh and prepackaged vegetable products available throughout Australia. Read More »

Work Health & Safety

February 1, 2016
Steven Carruthers

The tragic death of a 60-year-old farm worker after falling from a hothouse roof is a reminder to all growers of the need for safe work systems. The worker had been attempting to remove plastic covering when he lost his balance and fell about 2.5 metres, suffering a fractured spine, spinal cord damage and quadriplegia. The worker passed away from health complications while in hospital following the incident. Safework NSW charged the business and its director with a breach of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW) for failing to comply with their duty. They were both found guilty in the District Court and fined a total of A$165,000. Read More »

Do you need to whitewash a greenhouse with UV protective glass?

February 1, 2016
Rick Donnan

Your question implies that the main function of applying whitewash to a greenhouse cover is to prevent the transmission of UV (ultra violet) light into the greenhouse. This is not correct. The main function of whitewash is to reduce the heat load upon the crop in the greenhouse by reflecting a significant proportion of the incoming Infra Red (heat) portion of solar radiation. This is aimed at periods of high solar radiation, that is, around summer. Read More »

To market, to market

February 1, 2016
More than 4,000 businesses use Melbourne Wholesale Fruit Vegetable and Flower Market as a base, buying and selling fresh produce in the early hours of the morning for distribution across Victoria and Australia.

After 10 years of political wrangling amid various stakeholders together with a relocation budget blowout, the Melbourne Wholesale Fruit Vegetable and Flower Market has moved premises to its new site in Epping, Victoria. Around 3,000 small businesses are involved in the markets, including 600 growers.

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